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Child, Youth, and Family Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degree

This Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care provides a degree opportunity for students working towards a range of human service disciplines. The CYC program is a four-year, 120-credit program for working professionals, with core course offerings scheduled for afternoons and evenings. The program of study includes elective courses along with possible specializations. Students without a background in the human services field may apply to the program. Most child and youth care practitioners are balancing agency, family, personal, and professional needs as they pursue education in an increasingly demanding and complex field.

Child and youth care is an expanding field. It crosses a wide range of work settings and areas of practice, including regular and alternative school programs, child protection and guardianship work in the provincial government, family support, child life/hospital-based programs, residential/group home programs, youth justice/probation programs, special needs foster care, parent/counsellor resources, mental health, early intervention and child development centres, and related community agencies. The breadth of the child and youth care field requires a primary curriculum focus on development and social competence for therapeutic intervention through relationships.

This program is designed in response to increasing demand from employers for skilled practitioners who are able to work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way. Direct care practitioners, supervisors, managers, and trainers in these programs bring a diverse set of backgrounds and credentials to their positions. Increasingly, an undergraduate degree is sought by employers for the more desirable employment opportunities in areas of the field. This has led to a growing number of practitioners in line supervision and management positions to invest in professional education by completing this degree. The BA in Child and Youth Care is designed to offer credit-based professional education for practitioners seeking employment in human service agencies who work with children, youth, and families.

Entrance requirements

All applicants must:

  1. Undergo an initial security clearance (for practicum) and further checks as required. (Please do not submit until requested.)
  2. Provide a statement from a physician of good physical and mental health. (Please do not submit until requested.)
  3. Attend an orientation prior to admission.
  4. Be interviewed as requested.
  5. Meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

Note: Additional screening such as a TB screen and flu shot may be required for some practicum placements.

Option 1: Secondary school (for students with secondary school graduation only)

To be eligible for admission to the first year of the UFV CYC BA program, students must have one of the following:

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent; or
  • A minimum grade of C+ in English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12 (see Note).

    Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.

Option 2: University entrance (for students who have attended some post-secondary school)

  1. Completion of a minimum of nine UFV or transferrable post-secondary credits with a minimum GPA of 2.33 (C+ average) based on all credits attempted.
  2. Prerequisites for or completion of six credits of first year ENGL and/or CMNS at a C+ or better (combined average).

Note: Students with a certificate or diploma in a related human services program should meet with an Academic Advisor once admitted to determine credit eligibility towards the program.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year for entrance to the Fall semester only. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. Normally this decision is made in April for the following September. If space permits, applications received after March 31st will be considered for a September start. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Letter of intent outlining past experience and career objectives.
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
    • Questionnaire (see
    • Résumé.
    • Two reference letters (volunteer or work).

  2. Students intending to apply to the CYC program are normally required to attend an orientation prior to admission. Once the application is complete, students will be informed of the orientation date and time.
  3. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.

Basis for admission decision

Admission to the BA in CYC is on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

The CYC field prepares people to work with vulnerable populations. To ensure that the strongest, most suitable candidates are selected, points are awarded for performance on seven criteria.

Students will be ranked based on the points earned for the criteria listed below:

  1. Academic history/GPA (up to 30 points for those who have attended post-secondary)
  2. Work experience (up to 20 points)
  3. Volunteer experience (up to 15 points)
  4. Letters of reference (up to 10 points)
  5. Résumé (up to 5 points)
  6. Letter of intent (up to 15 points)
  7. Attendance at an orientation session (up to 5 points)

In the provision of the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, faculty in the Child, Youth, and Family Studies department are committed to equity, social justice, and increasing the number of graduates from diverse populations. Prospective students are invited to visit the department website to learn more about admission procedures.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program duration

The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care program can be completed in four years of full-time study, with students taking 10 courses per calendar year.


All CYC courses are offered on the Abbotsford campus of UFV. There are occasional field trips off of campus, described in individual course outlines.

Program outline

The program requires the completion of 120 credits, including at least 48 upper-level credits.

Lower-level requirements: 39 credits

Course Title Credits
CYC 100 Human Development I for CYC 3
CYC 101 Introduction to Professional Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 120 Human Development II for Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 125 Introduction to Activity-Based Child and Youth Practice 3
CYC 167 Introduction to Working with Individuals in Child and Youth Care (formerly CYC 267) 3
CYC 168 Social Constructs of Families and Groups (formerly CYC 268) 3
CYC 202 Indigenous Perspectives in Child and Youth Care Practice 3
CYC 203 Perspectives on Mental Health and Substance Misuse (formerly CYC 302) 3
CYC 210 Professional Practice Issues in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 220 Applying Change Theory in Child and Youth Care Practice 3
CYC 275 Wellness and Mindfulness-Based Practices 3
CYC 280 Introduction to Policy, Politics, and Practice in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 296 Inclusive Child and Youth Care Practice 3

Upper-level requirements: 45 credits

Course Title Credits
CYC 310A Supervised Practicum 3
CYC 310B Supervised Practicum 3
CYC 320 Relational Case Planning in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 325 Research Methods in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 330 Trauma-Informed Practice in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 340 Developmental Theory in in Child and Youth Care Practice 3
CYC 367 Advanced Skills with Individuals in Child and Youth Care (formerly CYC 467) 3
CYC 368 Advanced Skills with Groups in Child and Youth Care (formerly CYC 468) 3
CYC 402 Community & Interdisciplinary Practice 3
CYC 410A Advanced Practice in Child and Youth Care: Part I 3
CYC 410B Advanced Practice in CYC: Part II 3
CYC 425 Data Analysis in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 469 Advanced Skills with Families in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 485 Understanding Diverse Populations in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 499 Capstone for Child and Youth Care Professionals 3

Breadth requirements: 6 credits

Course Title Credits
  Two ENGL or CMNS courses, excluding ENGL 104, ENGL 165 (discontinued), and CMNS 180 (see Note) 6

Note: ENGL 105 or CMNS 125 are recommended.

Relevant electives: 30 credits

Elective course requirements vary depending on transfer credit and previous coursework at UFV.

Students may choose from a list of elective courses offered in CYC:

Course Title Credits
CYC 360 Special Topics in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 395 Developing Healthy Relationships in Child and Youth Care 3
CYC 461 Child Life and Community Health (formerly CYC 360E) 3
CYC 462 Transitions: Working with Grief and Loss 3
CYC 470 Play, Expressive, and Nature-Based Practices 3

Additionally, to help students build on their interests that complement and/or extend their knowledge in CYC, a range of course options are available to fulfill the elective requirements of the BA in CYC program:

  • Adult Education
  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Global Development Studies
  • Ha’q’emeylem
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Languages
  • Library and Information Technology
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Women’s Studies

Students should consult with an Academic Advisor for assistance in planning their electives. One elective course will need to be upper level (300/400) in order to meet the program requirement of 48 credits of upper-level coursework.

Practicum regulations

The field experience gained in practica is an integral part of the CYC degree. CYC 310 and CYC 410 are core to the program, and completion at a C+ level or better is required for graduation. All students must be willing to undergo an initial security (criminal record) clearance and further checks as may be required for the individual course or practicum agencies. Students must also be willing to provide a statement from a physician as evidence of good physical and mental health as may be required in individual courses or practicum agencies.

A criminal record check is required prior to practicum placement. The cost and submission of this is the responsibility of students. Students will not normally be able to begin a practicum until the criminal record check clearance is returned.

The department head reserves the right to approve any agency or institution that provides placements for student practica, and to change any placement assigned to a student. Students are placed in practicum settings in accordance with their professional background and current learning needs. Students have the right to be informed in writing of the reasons for any change in placement. Students may be required to withdraw from a practicum course if none of the available practicum agencies will accept them.

Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from practicum sites.

Students will complete two practica while in the program, a total of 775 hours. There are a variety of excellent sites in the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland available to students. The CYC faculty have links to many agencies and organizations in the child and youth care field. Different sites have different requirements regarding schedules and amount of time students will need to spend there, in order to receive the best learning and experience. If students are currently working in a full-time job, they may need to adjust their schedules or take time off from their jobs to meet the demands of practica.

Child Protection specialization

Program requirements

  1. All lower-level and upper-level core CYC courses in the BA in CYC program, including CYC 410A and CYC 410B in a Child Protection field site.
  2. CYC 380.
  3. Required breadth courses in the BA in CYC program.
  4. Relevant elective credits as defined for the BA in CYC program.
  5. 120 credits, including at least 48 upper-level credits.

Students interested in the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Child Protection specialization should be aware of the following:

  • This practicum is competitive.
  • A series of interviews will be conducted prior to acceptance and placement.
  • Students often need to extend this practicum beyond 400 hours in order to complete the MCFD Child Protection competencies.
  • Students must be able to travel, as they may not be placed in their community of residence.

Students who have completed the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care can subsequently complete the additional requirements needed to meet the Child Protection specialization and will have the specialization recognized with a notation on their transcripts.

Further Studies in Child Life

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care may be interested in the Graduate certificate in Child Life and Community Health.

Program requirements

The program requires the completion of 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.33. At least 48 of these credits must be from upper-level (300- or 400-level) courses.

Program continuance

To graduate, students must have an overall grade of C+ or better in all CYC core courses and the English or Communication courses.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative and semester GPA of 2.33. Students who fail to meet the required semester and/or cumulative GPA will be placed on program warning. Students will be expected to repeat any core course if they received lower than a C+ grade. If students fail to meet the GPA requirements after being placed on program warning, they may be withdrawn from the program.

Students receiving a program warning for low grades or unacceptable behaviour will not normally be permitted to participate in practicum or continue in the program until the unacceptable grades or behaviours have been rectified.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Course repetition

Students may not register for a course more than twice. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade is counted in the GPA calculation.

Distance courses

Student who wish to pursue the degree more quickly than the yearly offerings at UFV allows may arrange to take B.C. university distance education courses on an individual basis, after obtaining permission from the department head.

Total transfer and course challenge credits may not exceed 90 credits and all CYC requirements must be met.


Students who have not attended UFV in greater than three semesters will be required to reapply to the program. Please see UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


Students must complete at least 25% of the total and 25% of the upper-level credits required at UFV.

Graduation requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring they are eligible to graduate, and should regularly consult with an Academic Advisor. All degree candidates must complete every core course at a C+ level or better and maintain a program GPA of 2.33. To be eligible to graduate, students must have completed the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degree program with a minimum program GPA of 2.00.

Students must apply for graduation in the first month of their final semester. Visit the Graduation webpage for more information. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30. Students who enrol in the Summer semester to complete their program will qualify for the following year’s graduation ceremony.

Maximum length of time to complete program

Students are allowed up to 10 consecutive years to complete program requirements.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students